|Skunk Bush, Rhus aromatica|
Flowers In Bloom, Yarnell, Arizona March 23, 2007.
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|Skunk Bush Leaves|
|Skunk Bush Leaf|
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Skunk bush or fragrant sumac is an irregular, spreading, deciduous shrub, 6 - 12 ft. tall, with velvety twigs and lower branches turned up at the tips.
Its glossy, somewhat blue-green, coarsely toothed, trifoliate leaves turn orange, red, purple and yellow in the fall.
Yellowish catkin-like flowers precede dark-red berries which persist into March.
It grows as a sprawling, small to medium-size shrub with aromatic foliage.
Many birds and mammals feed on the fruit. Leaves turn bright red-purple in fall.
The bright hairy berries of Sumac have a pleasant tart lemonade taste and make a refreshing drink.
Height: About 6 - 12 feet. Spreading 5 - 6 feet.
Flowers: Petioles about 2cm long, pubescent to glabrous. Petals 5, yellow, to 3mm long, with sparse cilia internally, free. Stamens 5, erect, yellowish. Anthers, .5mm in diameter, yellow-orange. Style 1, 3-lobed. Ovary surrounded by yellow disk. Sepals 5, united at base.
Flowering Time: March - April.
Leaves: Leaves are Trifoliate, deciduous. fragrant when crushed.
Bark: Distinctive reddish brown, smooth, glossy, attractive, exfoliating bark.
Fruit: Pubescent, red or orange.
Found: Native to Canada and the United States. Seven species of Rhus in Arizona.
Soil pH requirements:
Elevation: 2,500 to 7,500 Feet.
Habitat: Rocky canyon hillsides, near streams, and in fairly arid sandy soils.
Miscellaneous: Photos Taken at Yarnell, Arizona. Flowers On March 23, 2007. Fruit On June 6, 2007.
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